Diary Of A Double With Antonio Argüelles – Week 8

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Diary of a Double documents the year-long journey of Antonio Argüelles who will attempt a 67 km two-way crossing of the English Channel in September 2021. Throughout this journey, Argüelles describes his pool and open water swimming workouts, preparation, nutrition, dryland training, and coaching for his solo channel swim that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

This week he did a long river swim – both upstream and downstream – in Las Estacas in the Mexican state of Morelos, outside of Mexico City – under the watchful eye of coach Rafa Álvarez.

Argüelles described his week of workouts on another episode of Diary of a Double:

Argüelles is an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame who was completed the Oceans Seven and Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, and who will be 62 during his crossing in an attempt to break Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE’s record at the age of 59 to complete the two-way crossing (in 36 hours 26 minutes).

A two-way crossing is also referred to as a double crossing.

Like swimmers around the world over the first part of 2020, Argüelles was locked down in his home and unable to swim during the COVID-19 pandemic. He postponed his attempt and dealt with the disappointment and issues that everyone also has had to face on a personal, logistical, physiological, and psychological basis.

It has not been easy – and his success going forward will neither be easy nor guaranteed.

In October, Argüelles will participate in the WOWSA Distance Challenge, an online event that includes the 10k Challenge and the 100k Extreme Challenge. The 10k Challenge is a challenge for one individual to swim 10,000 yards or meters in a pool or in the open water during the month of October. Participants can swim 10,000 yards or meters all in one session or multiple sessions swum throughout the month. The 100k Extreme Challenge is a challenge for one individual to swim 100,000 yards or meters in a pool or in the open water during the month of October. Participants must swim an average of 3,325 yards or meters every day for 31 days or swim over multiple sessions throughout the month to achieve this challenge – goal that Argüelles will undoubtedly achieve.

To register for the WOWSA Distance Challenge, visit here.

Previous Diary of a Double episodes include:

Diary Of A Double – Week 7 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – Week 6 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – Week 5 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – Week 4 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – Week 3 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – Week 2 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – The Kickoff, Day One is posted below:

Open water swimming vernacular for newbies:

* FINIS Agility Paddles: strapless yellow plastic molded hand paddles that float, manufactured and distributed by FINIS
* Accel Gel®: an energy gel specifically designed to deliver rapid energy to working muscles
* Maxim: sports nutrition that is used by many endurance athletes
* KAATSU: a modality to help improve recovery and athletic performance
* Two-way crossing: a solo or relay swim that continues two consecutive times across a channel, lake, river or other body of water under the traditional rules of marathon swimming
* Double crossing: synonym for two-way crossing
* English Channel: body of water between the countries of England and France, 33.5 km in a straight-line tangent
* Channel swimming: swimming between two land masses
* Oceans Seven: swimming across the English Channel, North Channel, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar
* Dryland training: physical conditioning that a swimmer does out of the water on land that can include cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength activities in order to condition, stretch and strengthen muscles, ligaments and tendons that are used in swimming while building fitness and athleticism
* Tsugaru Channel: a 19.5 km channel between Honshu and Hokkaido in northern Japan that is part of the Oceans Seven
* Molokai Channel: a 42 km channel between Molokai Island and Oahu in Hawaii that is part of the Oceans Seven
* Great Andersen: a 1948 Danish Olympic medalist who became one of the most renowned channel swimmers in history, a dual inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
* Duke Kahanamoku: a Hawaii-born 5-time Olympic medalist in swimming and water polo, an actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player, renowned lifeguard, and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing
* Negative split: the act of swimming the second half of a race, swim or event faster than the first half

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